Archive for October, 2007

Learning to reconnect….and people respond

October 25, 2007

My personal career transition has awakened by senses and heightened my awareness on a whole range of issues.  I feel liberated and enlightened as I take the time to think and learn about what will “make things right” for me in my personal life and professional career pursuits.

Over the past few weeks, I have been actively “walking the talk” about reconnecting with people-family, friends and colleagues.  I have been overwhelmed with the response when I’ve taken the initiative to reconnect and to “open up” about what was happening in my world and to learn more about others.  I have renewed energy and vitality to share and reflect with people who have always been willing to respond and to help with a a kind word or idea.

Personal learning is indeed a life-long journey and not a destination.  As the saying goes: “enjoy the ride”.  My journey to reconnect and to share continues.

Career Transition: A small reflextion…..

October 15, 2007

A career transition, whether voluntary or involuntary, is a time for mixed emotions that can ebb and flow from fear and uncertainty to relief and exhilaration (and numerous other emotions in between). The transition impacts not only the person themselves but their family, friends, former work colleagues and all others with whom they have made a personal connection.

To quote a phrase: “A PERSON IS NOT AN ISLAND UNTO THEMSELVES”. This resonates very strongly as the reality of the career transition stirs focused action to reconnect with others in order to share the news and learn what has been happening in each others lives. A transition is a change and an excellent opportunity for renewal of energy and a re-discovery of what energizes and enlivens a person’s personal and professional life.

To quote another phrase” “ITS PEOPLE THAT MATTER”. How often is this phrase stated with little or no real meaning in our everyday lives? However, during the career transition, this phrase takes on a whole new meaning as family, friends and colleagues empathize and place themselves in the other person’s shoes. One has only to reach out to others to receive guidance and support-people do care and are willing to help.

In the end a career transition is a time of change just like the seasons. Changes are necessary for growth and development and a career transition is a part of life that must be embraced and shared. To quote another phrase: “NOTING VENTURED, NOTING GAINED”.

Learning from the Seasons

October 15, 2007

The crisp air of Fall 2007 awakens the senses as I hike down our long, winding street. I marvel at change in vegetation colors as the carpet of maple leaves continues to grow under foot. This is a great time to reconnect with the beautiful outdoors and to marvel at what we can learn about ourselves as the seasons change.

A few thoughts to ponder:

  • We are a product of our natural environment as well as our upbringing and life experiences.
  • We need to listen, observer and feel the change in nature in order to awaken and enrich our creativity and energy
  • In respecting the natural envrionnment, we are respecting and enriching ourselves.

Nature is one of our greatest teachers bu will we open our minds and hearts long enough to learn from her lessons? We must change to grow and changes in the seasons are an ideal time to reflect on who we are and how we can rekindle our personal connections with our family members, friends and colleagues in order to enrich and expand our horizons.